Spiranthes praecox (Walter) S. Watson. Grass-leaved Ladies'-tresses, Giant Ladies'-tresses. Phen: Mar-May (-Jun). Hab: Pine savannas, swamps, bogs. Dist: A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic: NY (Long Island, ?), NJ (?), DE (?), MD (?), south to s. FL and west to TX. The more northern occurrences have been questioned as to identification.
ID notes: Plants in c. and s. FL often lack green veins on the lip.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Syn: = Ar, K4, Tx, Va, WH3, Brown (2002); < Ibidium praecox (Walter) House – S, (also see S. sylvatica); < Spiranthes praecox (Walter) S.Watson – C, ETx1, F, FNA26, G, GW1, K1, NcTx, RAB, W, Correll (1950), Luer (1975), (also see S. sylvatica)